09/15/14 5:02pm

REMINDERPlease consider sharing a photo of your own pet by emailing it to me at lee[at]redbricktown[dot]us or drop it in our Flickr Pool. Please let us know the name of your pet and the neighborhood where you live.

For today’s pet photo of the day (after the jump…), here is our Bea who just LOVES to jump in and out of open boxes at Carlyle Towers in Alexandria, Virginia. To see more pet photos, visit this link.


09/15/14 3:30pm

In case you missed it, Charles Severance was transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center today. The accused murderer was charged last week in the homicides of Ruthanne Lodato, Ron Kirby, and Nancy Dunning. He is due to have a video arraignment hearing tomorrow (9/16) @ 9:00 AM. He has been appointed lawyers in the case.

These are the charges the accused murderer faces:

  • Nancy Dunning Case: First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
  • Ron Kirby Case: Capital Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Ruthanne Lodato Case: Capital Murder, two counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Malicious Wounding

Mr. Severance had been facing a weapons charge in the Loudoun County. That charge has now been dropped ‘with prejudice’ which, in lawyer speak, means that he could be tried on that charge at a later date.

09/15/14 1:55pm


Check out the condos, apartment homes, townhouses and single family homes that sold last week in Alexandria, Virginia.

  • 115 Lee N #406 Alexandria, VA 22314; 3 BR, 3 BA Condo – $865,000
  • 255 Medlock Ln Alexandria, VA 22304; 3 BR, 4 BA Townhouse – $638,000
  • 9 Canterbury Sq #402 Alexandria, VA 22304; 2 BR, 1 BA Condo – $160,000
  • 1250 Washington St #615 Alexandria, VA 22314; 1 BR, 2 BA Condo – $524,000
  • 213 Commonwealth Ave Alexandria, VA 22301; 2 BR, 1 BA Single Family Home – $455,000
  • 289 Cameron Station Blvd #506 Alexandria, VA 22304; 2 BR, 3 BA Condo – $437,500
  • 5500 Holmes Run Pkwy #1216 Alexandria, VA 22304; 2 BR, 3 BA Condo – $260,000
  • 203 Yoakum Pkwy #206 Alexandria, VA 22304; 2 BR, 2 BA Condo – $202,000
  • 307 Yoakum Pkwy #1506 Alexandria, VA 22304; 1 BR, 2 BA Condo – $190,000
  • 1712 Abingdon Dr W #202 Alexandria, VA 22314; 1 BR, 1 BA Condo – $227,500
  • 403 Old Town Ct Alexandria, VA 22314; 3 BR, 4 BA Single Family – $585,000

Looking for a home for rent or for sale in the Alexandria, Virginia area? Click this link to search our listings.

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09/15/14 1:30pm

The Alexandria City Council is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on City of Alexandria boards, commissions and committees. Council will act on these vacancies at the October 14, 2014, City Council meeting.

All applicants must complete a Personal Data Record Form and return it to the City Clerk’s Office or file the form electronically via the City’s website no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 29, 2014.

The list of vacancies may be found by visiting this link.

09/15/14 12:55pm

MV Big flea logoThe MV Big Flea, which we have covered on this blog, is having a BIG sale this weekend in Del Ray on Saturday (9/20) from 8AM-12PM on Hume Avenue. All proceeds from the sale of goods benefit the Mount Vernon Community School in Alexandria.

For more information about the MV Big Flea, click this link or visit them on Facebook.

(H/T DIY Del Ray)

09/15/14 11:30am

I’m posting this because this summer, thanks to ObamaCare, I came oh so close to being dumped into the health care exchange by my employer. I LOVED the insurance that was provided by my employer who had to make a decision this summer whether to keep providing health care insurance to their employees or dump us into the health care exchange because of the Affordable Care Act.

Thankfully, this ended up not happening as this would have meant that I would have paid 3x’s what I pay now in a premium with a deductible 4x’s as big for far less insurance than what my employer decided to go with. My employer chose a new plan and the remarkable thing in the discussion this summer was there was one (1) plan the company could go with. One plan.

Remember when Senator Mark Warner said he would NOT vote for a health care bill that took away insurance we liked? What are your thoughts on this? Have you had a similar experience recently?


Virginia lawmakers estimate 250,000 Virginians’ healthcare plans will be cancelled because they do not comply with Obamacare’s standards–and new options may cost a whole lot more.

Doug Gray, executive director of the Virginia Association of Health Plans, told the state legislature there was “no question” that the new plans would come with higher copays and premiums.

“We’re not allowed to offer those plans anymore, so what we’re saying to them, is you need to move to one that’s compliant with the law because that’s what we can offer,” Gray said.

New plans also do not guarantee that customers can keep their current doctors.

State Democrats have said that the higher copays and premiums are only short-term and should “even out” over time as the pool of customers grows larger. But Republicans say the rising cost of healthcare is too risky in this economy.